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Can Education Be More Effective in a Micro-School?

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Micro schools represent an increasing trend in private education. They intentionally promote small class size to provide an environment where students and teachers know each other well and where flexibility in learning modalities is a given.  Why? In many high schools today the needs of individual students are overlooked. In response, educators are beginning to reconsider the value of small when it comes to school and class size. 

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The Role of the Student in a Socratic Discussion

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In schools that use the experiential learning approach to foster intellectual curiosity, one important tool is the Socratic Method.  Historically Socrates played the role of both student and teacher as he engaged in questioning others to develop his personal morality. His unique role and the importance of the question continues to guide the modern Socratic discussion. Today, both the teacher and the students use questioning to drive the experiential learning experience in the Socratic classroom. 

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What Supports a Positive Sense of Community in the Classroom?

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Being part of a school that offers a positive, tight-knit, community can be a significant experience for all students. But the creation of a sense of community takes time, effort, and the right environment. Smaller classroom sizes help facilitate a setting for creating a positive community in the classroom.

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What Are the Benefits When Teachers Really Know Each Student?

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Relationships are an essential part of education. Students who feel like they are liked and respected by their teachers are often more invested in their educational experience and perform better. A student-centered learning environment fosters opportunities for teachers to get to know their students well.

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How Small Schools Can Make a Big Difference

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In many high schools today the needs of individual students are overlooked in the competitive race to meet  performance standards. Some of these students are not successful. They may develop behavioral problems, disengage from their education, or drop out entirely. Many simply do not reach their potential. In response, educators are beginning to reconsider the value of small when it comes to school and class size. 

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